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was 1999. so that might be why murphy is reviving one of his all-time roles, axel foley, for a "beverly hills cop" reboot on cbs. this picture was tweeted from the set of murphy with brandon t. jackson who is playing aaron foley, his son. it's been a while. eddie, where's the lions letterman jacket? actually we're told no fear. they dug it up in ward ribeiro. in rio de janeiro watch this incredible early morning flight through the city without an airplane. two daredevils in wing suits pulled off the stunt last month while most of the city was asleep. one of the fearless flyers slipped between two skyscrapers. needless to say, do not try this at home. remember this hit song? ♪ there will never come a day >> sad news out of the motown world. bobby smith the lead singer of the legendary spinners group has
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died. the group had hits including "it's a shame" and "could it be i'm falling in love ♪ and smith had lung cancer. he was 76. we asked you earlier to come up with a slogan for the see through yoga pants lululemon had to unload. your best ents. we did a two part tweet, lululemon pants you can still run but you can't hide. and at got to love the drake tweeted these new pants are namastasty. that wraps up -- that's horrible. that wraps up our second show ever. join us tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. eastern when house speaker john boehner will be our guest. wolf blitzer is standing by in "the situation room" and is happening now. take it away, wolf. thanks very much, jake. and indeed, happening now. he's infuriated senator john mccain and has a plan to
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sabotage roe vs. wade and looks like he is planning for 2016 in a very, very serious way. senator rand paul is ambitious, certainly on the rise right now. my interview with the senator just ahead. the world had a close call last month when a meteor exploded above russia. could the next one wipe out all of life on earth? what can we do if anything to stop it? plus, was it something he said? a big city mayor in the middle of a big speech when he was violently interrupted. he'll join us to talk about what happened. brightest rising stars in the
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republican party. senator rand paul of kentucky is fresh off a first place finish at a presidential straw poll among influential conservatives and a show stopping filibuster in the united states senate. today he weighed into one of the most controversial issues in the country, comprehensive immigration reform. on top of all of that, we've just learned his travel plans will include a major fundraiser, get this, in iowa. senator paul will join us live in just a moment but first let's get background from our white house correspondent brianna keeler who is walking into the situation room. he is certainly a star on the rise. >> he is. we've paid a lot of attention to him but a lot of people don't even know who rand paul is. they will soon though because even if he won't fully admit it yet he is running for president. he's that republican senator with the distinctive curly blonde hair. >> i will speak until i can no longer speak. >> the one who recently
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filibustered the president's pick for 13 hours. the son of former congressman ron paul, whose libertarian views made him the outlier in the 2012 gop field. he is rand paul and he has his eye on the white house. as he tries to take his hands off government proposals main stream in a way his father never did. our party is encumbered by an inconsistent approach to freedom. the new gop will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and personal sphere. >> reporter: paul is feuding with john mccain who recently called paul a wacko bird. >> the gop of old has grown stale and moss covered. i don't think we need to name any names do we? >> reporter: not a bad way to get in with conservative republicans who don't much care for mccain and so is this. proposing a law to effectively overturn roe v. wade by giving
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equal protection to unborn fetuses. but paul is also trying to broaden his appeal. today he announced he supports a pathway to legal status for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the u.s. >> republicans need to become parents of a new future with latino voters or we will need to resign ourselves to being a permanent minority status. >> reporter: this is a surprising move for a republican backed by tea party voters many of whom po pose such a proposal but he is looking to 2016 and will need more than a loyal but small fan base to get there. >> thanks very much. i'll see you in a little while. senator paul is joining us live from capitol hill. senator, thanks very much for coming in. >> we just need clarification. your immigration proposal you outlined today does that call for a pathway to eventual citizenship for those 11 or 12 million illegal immigrants in the united states?
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>> the main reason i felt i had to add my own proposal to the bipartisan proposal is my proposal adds border security and ensures that border security occurs by letting congress vote on it. as far as pathways, what we say is to those who are here, those who have been working and may not be documented, that if you want to work and stay in america we'll find a place for you. now as far as citizenship that is sort of a different story. we're talking about work visa. if you want to get in line to become a citizen we think you don't have to leave the country and go back to mexico or central america. we would let you get in line but you don't get to get in front of anyone in the line. it gets you in the line to enter the country legally to become a citizen like everybody else who wants to come from around the world to be a citizen. it may take a little while but i'm also in favor of maybe speeding up the line, allowing more work visa. if you have a job in america i don't know why we wouldn't want to almost immediately get you a
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work visa. >> in other words you are not ruling out but supporting eventually after several steps are taken that these 11 or 12 million illegal immigrants will eventually if they do all the right things be allowed to become united states citizens. >> interestingly yes but at the same time not proposing something new. that is why this whole immigration debate gets into these check the box and new pathway to citizen, check the box. amnesty or no amnesty. i think that's trapping us into something that makes the debate too simple. i'm not offering a new pathway to citizenship. i'm simply saying you can get a work visa and you can get in the normal line. i'm not creating a new line for citizenship. i'm just saying you can get in the current line that exists. the only thing i'm saying is you don't have to go home. i am saying that i'm open to immigration reform and that republicans should be open to immigration reform and i spent time this morning with a hispanic chamber of commerce letting them know not only am i open to that but i'm open to the whole latin american romance
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language tradition and that i think it infuses the american spirit with a lot of things that are good for america. >> let's move on to senator john mccain. i want you to clarify because there's ban little bit of a rift between you and him. you suggested the other day that some of the senators and everybody assumed you were referring to senator mccain, when you said the gop of old has grown stale and moss covered. you didn't want to say who you were referring to but you said everybody knows who you were referring to. were you referring to senator mccain? >> i would say it's a figurative sort of sentence in the sense it isn't treally to be taken literally. it was also meant for humor but it really is to say that we as a gop need to embrace new ideas and grow our party in a way that some haven't. i didn't really intend it to be directed at one person but he was one of those persons you were referring to? >> i wouldn't -- it's a figurative -- an allusion,
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allegory. not really something that is meant to be taken literally for one person. he and i have some differences but i prefer to keep that on differences on whether or not the whole world is a battle field, whether you get due process in america. i think those are legitimate debates to have. but i don't want to characterize it in any other way. i have a lot of respect for senator mccain. he is a war hero and spent many years of his life in a prison in vietnam and i think he deserves respect for that. we can have a healthy debate and disagreement in the republican party and grow our party bigger because if you all agree on everything completely, that is going to be a pretty small party. >> he seemed to take it personally. i'll play the sound bite from what he said yesterday. >> references were made to people who are too old and moss covered and that we need new and fresh individuals and ideas and thoughts and i agree with all of
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tho those, every bit of those recommendations and comments that were made. but there is a little bit of benefit of being around for a while. >> i assume you agree with him on that last point. >> i have no dispute with it. my dad has been around for a while and i think you gain knowledge through experience and time and i think our elders are to be respected. i don't take any dispute with that. i don't have a personal dispute. i think people make more about this than is actually accurate. i like john mccain as a person and i really try never to disrespect him and i try to avoid that with people on either side of the aisle. i think there are legitimate debates and discussion about how the republican party grows and moves forward and i think there needs to be a new gop. not that we give up what we believe in but that what we believe in is more explicit and more clear and we try to reach audiences we haven't been reaching. latinos, african-americans, young people. so i think there is a reason to
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think that we can evolve in a better direction than we've been. >> let's talk about abortion rights for women right now. the other day you introduced legislation entitled the life at conception act. i believe you were designing this to overturn in effect, effectively roe vessus wade, is that right? >> i think it is probably designed more philosophical than that. it is designed to begin the discussion over when life begins. and it's not an easy discussion. we're divided as a country on it. i don't think we're in any real rush toward the new legislation to tell you the truth. it is an important philosophical discussion because all of our rights to do anything we choose to do as individuals sort of stem from an individual right to life. all of us agree at some point in time. for the 6-month-old baby that's been born and is home in a crib the state will step in if a
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mother or father abuses it. we all agree we'll protect the 6-month-old and pretty much all agree on the 1-day-old. before that we have some disagreements. my intention is to bring it forward, have a healthy, philosophic and moral discussion over what we should do, what the state should be involved with. when should life be protected? i don't think we are ready yet for society to change any laws maybe but i think it is worth while having the discussion if we can keep it from being too flippant and that it is an important philosophical foundation to the law of a civilization. >> just to be precise if you believe life begins at conception which i suspect you do you would have no exceptions for rape, incest, the life of the mother is that right? >> i think that once again puts things in too small of a box. what i would say is there are thousands of exceptions. i'm a physician and every individual case is going to be different. everything is going to be
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particular to that individual case and what is going won that mother and the medical circumstances of that mother. i would say after birth we've decided when life begins we don't have exceptions for one-day-olds or 6 mnlds. we don't ask where they came from or how they came into being but it is more complicated because the rest begidepends on definition of life and when it begins. i've been there at the beginning of life. i've held one-pound babies in my hand that i examined their eyes. i've been there at the end of life. there are a lot of decisions made privately by families and doctors that really won't, the law won't apply to but i think it is important we not be flippant one way or the other and pigeon hole and say this person doesn't believe in any sort of discussion between family and physician. i don't know if there is a simple way to put knee a category. >> it sounds like you believe in some exceptions. >> well, there is going to be like i say thousands of
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extraneous situations where the life of the mother is involved and other things that are involved so i would say that each individual case would have to be addressed and even if there were eventually a change in the law let's say people came more to my way of thinking there would still be a lot of complicated things the law may not ultimately be able to address in the early stages of pregnancy that would have to be part of what occurs between the physician and the woman and the family. this goes for the same with the end of life. i do think life ought to be protected to the end. i don't believe in, you know, officially euthanizing people but i also think there is some privacy at the end of life and we make difficult decisions all the time on resuscitation, how long to extend medical treatment, and a lot of these are medical decisions but i think that what i don't believe that i can compromise on is that i think there is something special about life and that all of the rights that we spend time up here discussing, the right to trial by jury, all of these things stem from a sort of a
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primordial right to your life and how you use it. >> one final question because we are almost out of time. you're going to iowa in may for a major republican fund raising event. are you running for president? >> you know, i haven't made a decision. we are concentrating on a lot of problems we have here but i want to be part of the national debate and people do get more attention when they go to iowa. people pay attention to what you're doing and it helps the party there to grow the party to raise money but it also helps draw attention to if i have ideas about how we grow the party, how we reach out to latino voters and african-american voters it draws attention to those things by going to iowa plus we have a lot of friends we've developed in iowa over the years so i am excited to go there and hope i can raise money for the party. >> senator paul, thanks so much for coming in. thank you, wolf. just ahead, after a meteor exploded like an atomic bomb over russia nasa scientists now worry that a bigger one could actually destroy civilization.
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russians saw a flash of light and heard the sonic boom. the meteor exploded with the force of a nuclear bomb. it did $30 million in damage and injured thousands. and no one saw it coming. >> we were fortunate that the events of last month were simply an interesting coincidence rather than a catastrophe. >> reporter: the nation's top science officials were called before congress tuesday to explain what they're doing to detect similar threats from space. >> objects as large as a car arrive about once per week rncht the bigger concern is, well, the bigger ones. using a football field for perspective, the size of that meteor over russia would only take you to the 7 yard line. congress has ordered nasa to track objects significantly bigger than the entire field, big enough to wipe out a city. in the film "deep impact" astronauts set off a nuke to
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deflect an asteroid. the u.s. navy successfully shot down an old spy satellite in 2008 before it could crash to earth and release toxic gas. but blasting a large asteroid is not in the cards. >> it wouldn't be practical to have a laser powerful enough to split it in half. >> reporter: conjuring up images of the film "armageddon" nasa is pushing ahead with plans to last astronauts on an asteroid by 2025 and improve early detection. >> i think all three of us agree ground based systems are great. >> now, you see, usually those asteroids like the one over russia can't be seen from the ground because they get lost in the sun's glare. science officials say they need to put a special telescope into orbit. it's being developed right now by a private company.
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the cost is up to 3/4 of a billion dollars, wolf. >> chris lawrence, with that report, pretty scary stuff. so what can we do about this so-called doomsday asteroid? tom foreman is in our virtual studio with a closer look at the possibilities. what do yousee? >> there really are possibilities. the meteor chris just mentioned that blew up over russia was about this big. what we're worried about are things like the asteroid that passed the same day which was really about this big, much, much bigger. if one of these things were tumbling toward earth right now or one bigger, yeah. this could wipe out a city, it could wipe out a state. it might wipe out a small nation if it hits. let's reset and talk about the plans for what one might do about such a thing. the simple truth is rule number one is you don't blow it up. if one of these things were coming inoward earth right now the simple truth is, if you blew it up, tried to hit this with some kind of big explosion, all that would happen is it would spread out into a whole bunch of
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much smaller asteroids basically on the same orbit and they might hit a whole lot more area. that's off the table. so let's reset and go back to rule number two. rule number two is remember physics. the collision of something like this and earth is really two very tiny items in the vastness of space so all you have to do is slightly change one of them in its flight and that would be the asteroid. you can do that by either pushing it with some kind of space ship or pulling it. if you move it just a little bit, it could go right by earth, wolf. the key is you have to know about that early enough. >> well, early enough. what does that mean? how much time would we need? >> well, really you're talking about years to make something like that work under the current scenario. that is not unheard of. we do track some of the bigger asteroids from quite a distance out. if you get much closer to earth, though, then you do start talking about the idea of maybe using a nuclear weapon to blow up near it in space and make it move but a lot of scientists don't like that idea for a lot of reasons including it could be fraught with a lot of
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uncertainty. you might see one headed toward the united states, blow it up in space or blow up something near it to nudge it and just nudge it over into france or into iran or china and those countries could have a big complaint about that. >> a huge complaint. tom foreman, thanks very much. up next, ten years after the u.s. invasion, iraq still very much being ripped apart by bombings. two dozen bloody attacks today alone. pain. to fight chronic low back pain. to take action. to take the next step. today, you will know you did something for your pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a pain reliever fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not for children under 18. people taking maois, linezolid or thioridazine or with
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smoke rose over baghdad today on this the tenth anniversary of the u.s. invasion. there were 17 car bombings and seven roadside bombings in iraq. at least 53 people died.
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cnn's standing by live in baghdad. we'll get to her in a moment. first a quick look back. ten years ago today, i was in kuwait reporting on the start of the iraq war. the bush administration insisted saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. we were told to be prepared for the worst. and we were. we've been given these backpacks with a lot of protective gear. among other things, in case of the worst case scenario obviously we have a gas mask. we've all been trained how to use it just in case. small chance there is that kind of chemical or biological warfare. we reached for those backpacks after the war started. we had a big scare when an iraqi scud like missile landed in a kuwait city mall. about a mile or so from the hotel balcony where i was anchoring cnn's coverage. our chief medical correspondent
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dr. sanjay gupta immediately and very courageously left the hotel for the mall. wearing his protective gear including a gas mask. within minutes he was reporting from the scene. >> despite the fact that a missile actually did land very close there doesn't seem to be a sense of panic around here. >> during that attack we were all urged to go down into a sealed bunker. i decided to stay on the air and report on the dramatic developments. luckily it wasn't a chemical or biological weapons attack but i did have my gas mask right next to me just in case. ten years later the killing continues in iraq without end. our senior international correspondent who spent a lot of time over the past ten years in baghdad is joining us from there right now. how bad is the situation right now? >> well, wolf, just to update our viewers on the death toll it's gone up to 55 people killed, 187 wounded. we woke up this morning to those
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attacks that had already been well under way. most of them taking place between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. it really felt like it was one of those days back when the violence was at its worst. there was smoke rising over the capitol and if you could have just seen the expression on our iraqi staff's faces as in some instances we were hearing the explosions and other cases learning about them. they went completely white. their voices began trembling. this is exactly the kind of devastating complex, coordinated attack iraqis had so hoped was behind them. these types of attacks continued to tear the society apart, a society that's already suffered for so long and for so many iraqis it is so difficult to look back on everything that happened because of the astronomical price that they paid and that they continue to pay for this war, wolf. >> what a horrible situation. ten years later. it wasn't supposed to be like
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this but it is. arwa, we'll check back with you tomorrow. thank you. the president of the united states is about to head to israel. here's a question. is iran really one year away or so from a nuclear bomb? we have new information from israel's president simon perez. stand by. then kansas city's mayor was in the middle of a speech when he was violently interrupted. he is going to be joining us to talk about this scary incident. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities.
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masra. muslim worshipers under the watchful gaze of israeli forces because masra is side by side with a jewish settlement in the west bank. skirmishes like this are routine but on this day a new twist. anti-obama chants in both arabic and english prove the thrill is gone in arab communities that four years ago saw hope in the new american president. >> obama not welcome in palestinians. >> this coffee shop is full of young palestinian professionals. >> there are settlements, poor people, there is nothing. and all of us are sure that obama disappointed us. >> reporter: do you hear the united states as an honest broker? >> definitely not. i think they want to be.
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i think it's as if they're easily, i think, israel can easily brain wash people into believing they're on the right. >> reporter: the turn-around on the arab street is striking and shows a big shift from two or three years ago. >> the palestine issue got worse. he backed down on the settlement issue. and the israelis started warming up to him particularly after he gave the united nations speech that in the general assembly which was extremely pro israel. >> reporter: the israeli government is determined to make this a feel good trip for the president. the u.s. embassy is using facebook to make the case the president is popular here. yet conversations with young professionals in tel aviv bring mixed reviews. >> i don't think that nothing important will come out from this visit. it's like -- it is going to be like a tourist visit. >> does it bother you that
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president obama and prime minister netanyahu don't get along? >> i think they have a common target and they must solve this target together if they want to or not. >> reporter: does it bother you at all? >> it's too shame. >> reporter: perhaps things will shift again but it's clear any arab optimism about the president is dimming while at the moment anyway most israelis see him in a somewhat better light. it's also clear, wolf, that iran, how the president handles iran and the meetings with prime minister netanyahu go on iran will be biggest test of this trip from the israeli public opinion perspective. the president raised some eyebrows the other day when he said he thinks iran is a year or more away from the point of no return in developing a nuclear weapon. some israelis were concerned. the prime minister has said he believes the window is a little shorter. i spoke to the israeli president this morning and he said there may be some disagreements on how
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along iran is but on the fundamental question do the israelis believe president obama would use the military option he says they're shoulder to shoulder. >> i do believe that the united states is following carefully the time and the progress. it's an estimation, if something would happen earlier, i'm sure he would pay attention to that change. the main question you asked me, and the real answer i am giving you, i trust what the president says. i am free of doubts. i think he is a man that i respect his words and he is a man that thinks before he speaks. >> reporter: will be interesting to watch as the trip unfolds. prime minister netanyahu as you know is a bit more conservative than the israeli president, whether prime minister netanyahu
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also will say on the record he is free of doubts about the president's resolve when it comes to iran. >> we'll look forward to that joint news conference scheduled for the two leaders. john, we'll check back with you tomorrow. let's bring in our chief political analyst gloria borger. this iran issue is a very difficult one for the president to navigate on this trip. >> right. he has clearly got one mission here which is to convince skeptics in israel that he is serious about iran. i think the president's done a pretty good job of managing that lately. over and over again he has clarified our policy toward iran and nuclear weapons as one of prevention. and that's the key word there. prevention not containment. and so you're going to hear this over and over again from the president. you had a meeting recently with american jewish leaders, as you know, and told them that he is going, when he is over there he is going to make a very clear challenge to iranians about stopping the pursuit of nuclear weapons. he is going to speak directly to israelis about this and we'll
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have to see if the skeptics give him a little bit of the benefit of the doubt. >> he is under a lot of pressure on this trip to israel, the west bank, and jordan. >> he is under a lot of pressure and what i think in talking to people at the white house is that they've done a very good job of lowering expectations so he might actually meet those low expectations. this job, this trip is much more about politics in many ways, wolf, than it is about policy. we don't expect him to go over there and sign any great declaration or make any great headway but it is kind of a trip where he has to re-establish good relationship of course with netanyahu which we all know has been very frayed particularly during the last presidential election. >> strong words of support from the israeli president shimon perez we just heard. >> and we'll have to see what b.b. netanyahu does and how his body language is and how he reacts to this president. you were over there in israel when he met with mitt romney during the campaign there were tense times with the
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president not with mitt romney. thanks very much. just ahead the art of the comeback. right now south carolina voters are passing judgment on a former governor whose affair and divorce may not be the final chapter of his political career. and we'll show you an incident that kansas city's mayor is calling unfortunate. >> exactly what [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. chips...delicioso. chicken nuggets... what's going on? carrots...craveable. sabra hummus: dip life to the fullest.
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americans love comeback stories. today we'll see if that applies to a former south carolina congressman and governor.
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mark sanford faces more than a dozen opponents in today's republican primary for an open seat in congress including teddy turner shall the son of cnn founder ted turner. there is a big name on democratic ballots as well. elizabeth colbert, bush, the sister of comedian steven colbert. our national political correspondent jim acosta is in charleston with more. >> reporter: wolf, with 16 candidates vying to become the gop nominee in this race to fill an open congressional seat it is no wonder that the dirt is flying down here in south carolina and not all of the mud is aimed at the man expected to win former south carolina governor mark sanford. good morning. mark sanford. >> reporter: in this congressional race along the south carolina coast known as low country the candidates have not exactly taken the high road. this flyer mailed out to voters takes aim at former governor mark sanford over the extra marital affair he tried to hide by saying he was hiking the
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appalachian trail. it reads "we know where this trail leads." after voting, sanford once again acknowledged his mistakes. >> life is a series of course corrections. some days you get right and you surprise yourself on how right you get it. other days you disappoint yourself and a lot of others. >> reporter: with sanford the favorite on a ballot of 16 gop candidates this primary day, it's getting down and dirty. rivals like teddy turner the son of cnn founder ted turner say the ex-governor's transgressions are fair game. >> i think his past should be held against him. >> reporter: turner has taken his own share of hits. look closely at this flyer which asks do you know the real teddy turner? there is a picture of one of his father's ex-wives movie star jane fonda and these conservative parts, ouch. >> name recognition, if you're mark sanford he's got a lot of that. >> so do you. >> i have some but it doesn't always work in my favor. >> reporter: another republican candidate, larry grooms, is trying to dial up support with
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this automated phone message to voters featuring an impersonator of president obama. >> you know what makes me mad? the thought of larry brooms in congress. >> reporter: the rough-and-tumble race may remind voters of will farrell duketing out in the movie "the campaign." >> now that i'm running for congress we'll be under a lot of scrutiny. anybody have anything they want to share with us? rncht the voters who have grown accustomed to nasty south carolina politics seem to have no problem taking their pick, whether it's turner -- you think he has a shot? >> absolutely. why not? there are only 16 running. >> reporter: or sanford. i'm sorry he screwed up but i believe in him and i think he is our answer. >> done. >> reporter: the woman expected to win the democratic nod elizabeth colbert bush sister of comedian steven colbert has another way of describing low country campaigning. >> i think this race is so important and so pivotal. i think there's just a lot of
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passion. >> reporter: passions may be running high but the turnout is expected to be low so the results could come in fairly early later on this evening. there won't be any rush for the candidates. the top two republicans will have to square off in a run off in just two weeks, wolf. >> not a long time. jim, thanks very much. joining us now to discuss what is going on in south carolina, our cnn political analyst the democratic pollster cornell belsher and alex. so who is going to win in south carolina? >> there's been some polling and i am not referring necessarily to what sanford has done in the past but the polling seems to indicate sanford is in the lead with a plurality somewhere around 30%. not enough to avoid a run off and usually unless someone like sanford who is well known gets over 40% in the mid 40s that means 60% of the voters know him and aren't voting for him which means he'll lose the run off. so sanford may edge things out today. but it doesn't mean he is going to be the next nominee.
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>> you know, cornell, americans are pretty forgiving to someone who comes forward and says i screwed up. i made a mistake. i'm sorry i worked for a lot of those candidates. the truth of the matter is i think this is a fascinating race for anyone who is a political science sort of student of politics. look at the race sanford is running, the first ad he rolled out talks about forgiveness, repentance and he went to his conservative credentials. the idea of repenting is a very big ideal with christian conservatives especially in the south. i would not be surprised if he gets above 30% in the run off. >> he may. you know we've all made mistakes and americans are very forgiving. but also the first time you come back voters sometimes want to take you to the woodshed to let you know who's boss and to make you serve your penance. that is also part of evangelical christianity. >> thinking of politicians who have made mistakes anthony weiner is apparently thinking of
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running for mayor of new york. >> talk about repentance. anthony weiner before the incident, he was a shoe in for running for mayor. a lot of people sort of thought this was the guy who would be a rising star. you know, he's put -- is doing some polling. we'll see what happens. >> if you were going to give him advice and you are an excellent political strategist and he came you to, i know you're republican. >> yeah. >> but you know what, alex, i need your help. what should i do? what would you tell him. >> i think change my name. maybe frank weiner. no. the problem for anthony weiner is the pictures are still out there and as soon as he comes back he has visual evidence that takes you right back to the moment that disgraced him and forced him out of politics. so this is not one that repairable that easy. first time out of the box he'll probably run for something and lose and then he can begin his journey back. >> he has to ask for
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forgiveness. >> do you think he can do it? >> he is such a skilled politician i would not be surprised. go out and do some interviews, talk about it and know it. >> and what alex says is true the picture of the social media stuff is out there and just doesn't go away as easily. >> he's been away for a while. maybe not long enough. >> all right. guys, thanks very much. stay right here. we're going to show you a very, very bizarre interruption of a mayor's speech and ask the mayor if he knows why it happened. he is standing by to join us live. i'm a conservative investor. but that doesn't mean i don't want to make money. i love making money. i try to be smart with my investments. i also try to keep my costs down. what's your plan? ishares. low cost and tax efficient. find out why nine out of ten large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses.
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a man rushed the state during slide james' state of the city speech today. take a look. we bleeped the profanities. >> this man just got through talking about exactly what [ bleep ] [ bleep ] [ bleep ]. >> what are you doing? >> the mayor continued his speech telling his audience, "that was unfortunate." we have mayor james on the phone right now. mayor, you were pretty calm in the face of what looked like a potentially pretty violent experience. what happened? >> well, as we were in the midst of the speech, wolf, this gentleman just simply rushed the stage. i saw him out of the corner of my eye, had no idea what his intent was. didn't know that he had taken the flag out of the stanchon behind and thrown it to the ground, but he basically rushed
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up to the podium and started screaming into the mike. by that time the security detail was there and on him. >> you know who this man is? >> i do not know him personally. i know that he has been a candidate for state office. i believe in the past -- i've never had any contact with him. whether it be pleasant or unpleasant. i think he was simply a man completely disgruntled with something. but i'm not exactly sure what it was. >> do you have any idea what his motivation was? does he have a political agenda? >> i don't know if he does or not, wolf. that certainly isn't clear. i think that his basic line of reasoning was that he did not like the way things were going on the east side of town. which is certainly understandable. i don't either in a lot of regards. but you know, the bottom line is, there's a good way to say things and a bad way. unfortunately he may have had a good message lost in a bad
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delivery. >> this is the second time your security detail helped you in a very dramatic way. increase intensify your security? >> well, no, i don't really think so, to be honest with you. but you're right, it has been the second time. the first time was on the plaza, when we were checking out large groups of teenagers there a couple of summers ago. and about 50 yards in front of us as we were walking toward it, three young adults were shot. not killed, but hurt. and my same security guard, marlon, threw me into the rose bushes as he yelled, get down, sir. i guess he wasn't happy with the speed that i was getting down. but that's twice. and just shows how invaluable these guys are. on the other hand, you know, they do a pretty good job, these things are fairly rare, and i don't think that if i had five or six people, that this incident today would have been avoided. there could have been
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magnetometers at the door, but he didn't seem to have a weapon, so he was just a person inside the crowd. >> are you going to press charges? >> i'm going to let the police handle that. i really want to find out a little bit more about this. you know, i have no animosity towards this gentleman. i don't want to see him harmed, if there's no reason to. if he needs some sort of help, we'll try to find him help. but i just don't -- i don't know at this point what to do about it. and i just don't have enough information at my fingertips. >> you're a good man indeed. thank god you're okay. >> thank you. >> appreciate your joining us. >> thank you, sir. i appreciate it. >> have chemical weapons now been actually used in syria? that's a red line for the obama administration. i'll talk about that with the house and senate intelligence committee chairs. that's coming up. i'm lorenzo.
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exercise. 150,000 people attend the the formal installation of pope francis. in a distinctive change of style, he didn't use the pope mobile which has bulletproof glass, but was driven through the crowd in an open-air vehicle. this floor fight started after one member gave a speech in russian causing others to boo, which sparked name calling. things really got out of hand. wolf? >> that's politics. unusually tough politics. unusually tough politics. lisa, thanks. -- captions by vitac -- a killer's t-shirt, a convicted school shooter shows his defiance in his clothes and on his face. an emotional reunion. cnn's dr. sanjay gupta catches up with a united marine whose life he saved in iraq exactly a
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decade ago. >> i'm brianna keilar in for kate baldwin. >> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." powerful images designed to fire up north koreans and to scare americans. >> strongman kim jong-un has been escalating his nuclear threats for weeks. >> let's go straight to our pentagon correspondent, bar practice starr. she has details. >> wolf, the concern is that kim's fiery rhetoric could become a reality that the white house has to deal with. the north korean video shows the white house in the crosshairs. the u.s. capitol blowing up. the latest messages posted by the north korean government online. a further sign of what the u.s. worries is an increasingly unpredictable kim jong-un, the
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north korean leader who threatened war with the united states and south korea. on cnn's "the lead," the president's chief of staff told jake tapper, the u.s. will be ready for any provocation. >> obviously the kind of antics and language we've heard, including what you just showed on your show here, are the kinds of actions that don't connote strength, but rather connote some kind of weakness and frankly, outlandish behavior. >> reporter: even before this video, the u.s. intelligence community had a grim outlook. >> the rhetoric, while it is propaganda laced, is also an indicator of their attitude and perhaps their intent. so for my part, i am very concerned about what they might do. >> reporter: the latest video is full of images of the north korean military. the announcer says, the fuse of nuclear war is slowly burning. and that there will be, quote, no warning of north korean plans. >> the shear threat that they
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would openly threaten a nuclear attack against the united states is problem enough. but their military movements along the demilitarized zone, a whole new set of problems for us. >> reporter: the white house is taking all of this very seriously, because the u.s. cannot predict if and when threats might become a military confrontation. >> so you have a 28-year-old leader who is trying to move himself to the military, and the military eager to have a saber rattle'ing for their own self-interest. it's proving to be very deadly. >> u.s. officials say kim might be backing himself into a corner he cannot get out of. that's the big worry. he's trying to appease his generals, show how strong he is. but he might be backing himself into a corner having to face the possibility of trying to live up to some of the threats he's making. wolf? >> people are trying to figure out what he's up to. they're having a very, very tough time. barbara starr at the pentagon.
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now, alarming claims and cries of anguish in syria. the men in this video claim they're victims of a chemical weapons attack. syrian rebels in the assad regime are accusing much using weapons of mass destruction. the u.s. is investigating whether one of the worst fears about syria's civil war has now become a reality. here's cnn's nick payton walsh. >> re have reports from activists of two separate incidents, one near alepo, where it appears a gas was released and mostly hit a regime-loyal area and regime troops. people suffocating in the streets and fatalities. and another near damascus where we have images of people in hospital. not clear what the gas is. the regime said the rebels use it. it really doesn't pass the logic test. it's much more likely it comes
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from the regime's stockpiles. it's vitally important on the international stage, the russians have stood forward and said according to their information, they believe the rebels used this chemical weapon. the u.s. is investigating. doesn't have any immediate signs that was the case. reiterates the obama administration red line that if such chemical weapons are used, there will be consequences. wolf, brianna? >> nick on the scene for us. let's bring in the two chairs of the senate and house intelligence committees right now. we're joined by senator diane feinstein and mike rogers. the republican from michigan. let's talk about syria first, senator feinstein. how serious do you take these reports that chemical weapons were used either by the rebels or the syrian regime? >> the senate this afternoon was briefed. this is one of continuing
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briefs. i think any public response should come from the white house. let me just say, it is serious. and it may well take some action. >> because when you say may well take some action, congressman, you know that the president, not that long ago, said if chemical weapons were used by bashir al assad's regime, that's a game changer as far as the u.s. is concerned. are you with him on that? >> absolutely. i think the president is exactly right. i argued before, we had reports, if you recall last summer, that they had at least public reports where they moved munitions in a place where they could be used on a short notice. and there's some configuration they have to go through to be used on a short notice. that was alarming and concerning. now, they need to make sure, we need to verify in fact this was a chemical weapons usage. but i argue, given the last
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summer's reports and what at least appears today to be some sort of -- some level of chemical weapons used, that we're obligated to stop the use of a weapon of mass destruction. and we have limited capabilities. this is not big military we're talking about. i think dianne would agree with me on that, very limited efforts, very small special capabilities that could render their nuclear weapon delivery systems not for use. >> you don't mean nuclear weapons, you mean chemical or biological weapons. >> but those are considered under treaties as weapons of mass destruction. >> let me be precise and try to pin you down, congressman. do you believe chemical weapons were used by the syrian military? >> i have a high probability to believe that chemical weapons were used. we need that final verification. but given everything we know over the last year and a half, i would come to the conclusion that they are either positioned
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for use, and ready to do that, or in fact have been used. both of those scenarios i think we need to step up in the world community to prevent a humanitarian disaster that we haven't seen since iraq 25 years ago. >> let me get -- ask if you agree, senator feinstein. with what we just heard from the chairman of the house intelligence committee, he suspects, he believes the syrian military did in fact use chemical weapons. >> i believe -- i agree with the comments that chairman rogers has made. i think we hear all this in a classified session. this is highly classified. we have been advised to be careful what we say. i've been told that the white house has been briefed, the same thing that we have been briefed. what i said earlier is that the white house has to make some decisions in this.
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i think the days are becoming more desperate. the regime is more desperate. we know where the chemical weapons are. it's not a secret that they're there. and i think the probabilities are very high that we're going into some very dark times. and i think the white house needs to be prepared. both committees now have been fully briefed. >> are we on the verge of u.s. military action to destroy those chemical weapons stockpiles, senator? >> i can't say. all i can say is this is a decision that the white house has to make. >> would you support that, congressman? >> if in fact we prove beyond a shadow of a doubt they have used these chemical weapons, i wrote in an op-ed over the weekend that i think we are morally obligated to do something about their ability to deliver these
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weapons. and if that was a very limited military strike to do that, again, i think we're morally obligated to do that, if in fact they've crossed the president's red line of chemical weapons use. i argued in my op-ed maybe we should have even looked at something earlier. i think there's a new day, again, we have to prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt, but i think many people believe who have been studying this issue for some time, that they are committed to their use. they have configured them for their use. and now we just need a little more forensic evidence to prove their use. and i think the international community should be morally motivated to stop their use. because we see what horrible way to die, number one, and the huge humanitarian crisis that it causes on any scale of chemical weapons, the psychological terror, the real threat, the horrific way that people die. it's pretty bad and ugly stuff. and i think if we have the capability, we should use it.
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>> senator, congressman, if both of you can stand by. i want to take a quick break. i want to discuss other important issues with both of you, including what's going on in north korea right now. and what's going on, maybe what's not going on with any ban on assault type weapons. we have much more coming up on that. also more on the breaking news. we're getting ominous reports coming out of syria right now. you just heard what the two chairs of the intelligence committee had to say. conservative.
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we're back with senator dieann feinstein, and mike rogers, chair of the house intelligence committee. i want to clarify the breaking news, because i don't want our viewers to be confused right now. so very concise, and very precisely, senator, first to you, are we on the verge potentially of a u.s. military strike to knock out syria's chemical weapons capabilities? >> well, let me put it this way. because i have to be very
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careful. i think it's fair to say that, i'll speak for the senate intelligence committee, we have been fully briefed. i think every member that was at the briefing is very concerned. i think it is a very serious situation. i think the president of syria ought to know this. and i think that the white house needs to complete an assessment. and make some statement as to what actionhe united states will take. >> what's your assessment, congressman, right now? what are the chances of a u.s. military strike to knock out syria's weapons of mass destruction capabilities? >> i want to clarify something. i did not confirm the fact that we know there was a chemical attack. i said it is something we have to confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt, to take that next step. that's important. do i believe that they have configured weapons and may have used them?
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yes. however, we don't know for sure, and for certain. i think that will happen within hours, if not days, that we'll get some kind of confirmation on those chemical weapons uses. but we have to prove that point. secondly, after that, i do think we are morally obligated to take some action to make sure that they cannot use their -- they lose their capability to use their chemical weapons. i think that's incredibly important. what that looks like is subject for discussion outside of the public view. however, i think, again, we're talking about chemical use on civilian populations. that is a use of a weapon of mass destruction. that is a serious event of which i think would require serious action. >> and senator feinstein, this is brianna. before we let you go, i want to get your reaction to the, obviously the issue of gun violence, a cause very important to you, the assault weapons ban. it appears your effort is all by
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dead. listen to what harry reid said today. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> now, senator reed, senator feinstein, had said before that you deserved a vote. now it appears it's going to be an amendment, it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, no, if it's an amendment, that is not a symbolic vote. i did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. it enacted a law. it went on to the house, it was enacted. what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. i told him also that it would be my intention to separate out the prohibition on the future, manufacture, transfer, sale,
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possession of large ammunition feeding devices of more than ten bullets. i asked him if this could be part of a package. he said no. and i took away from that meeting the belief that we would have a vote on the full bill, and a vote on ammunition-feeding devices of more than ten bullets. this is very important to me. and inl not going to lay down and play dead. i think the american people have said in every single public poll that they support this kind of legislation. it's aimed to protect children, to protect schools and malls. it's aimed to dry up the supply of these over time. and it came out on a 10-8 vote of the judiciary committee. not to give me a vote on this would be a major betrayal of
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trust, as i would see it. >> we know that you will fight that fight until the end. >> oh, yes. >> senator feinstein, thank you. >> thank you. >> let's thank congressman mike rogers as well. important news, both of you, bringing to us, obviously a lot of tension right now as far as chemicals weapons in syria are concerned. we'll stay in close touch with both of you. >> thank you. >> thanks. let's take a quick break. when we come back, we'll get the white house reaction to what's going on. jessica yellen is already in jerusalem awaiting the president of the united states. stand by for that. [ lane ] are you growing old
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chemical weapons having been used in syria, something president obama has described as a red line. let's get to chief white house correspondent jessica yellen. she's in jerusalem awaiting president obama as he heads in her direction for his trip to the middle east. we just heard, jessica, from senator dieann feinstein, the chair of the intelligence committee, she said president obama has a decision to make. are you getting any sense of where he's going to go on this? >> hi, brianna. this is not something the white house is yet commenting on, except that white house chief of staff, dennis mcdunn, speaking to jake tapper, if, and i underscore if, these reports are substantiated, it is his word. the president said the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime would be his red line. of course, we would have to see what kind of action the president would then take. and the white house, again, watching this very closely. we don't have comment from them
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at this point beyond what white house chief of staff dennis mcdone now said to jake tapper. he said if substantiated, it would be a game changer, not backing down from that language that this is still the president's red line. so we would expect to hear more from the president on that while he's here in israel, when we get more details on these reports. >> jessica, this is a big trip that president obama is taking. we will be watching this while he is there. talk to us about the timing of the trip. why now? >> yeah, it's an excellent question. it's left a lot of people here confused. this trip is rich in symbolism, but it's questionable what the president can achieve here strategically. in the past, presidents have come here to israel when their visit could be a decisive political force to drive peace talks or even bolster israel during a time of crisis. for example, president carter came in 1979, the peace treaty with egypt was signed later that month. clinton came four times, and on
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his first visit israel signed a peace with jordan while he was here. george w. bush came twice, both times to build momentum for ongoing peace talks. but this time, you know there's no groundwork for peace talks. there's no signs of a strategy to resolve conflicts in the region. so the president's critics especially in this area worry whether this trip is little more than a courtesy call. they're grateful for the courtesy call, but strategically they question what he can really get done. >> interesting. jessica yellen in jerusalem. we'll be checking in with you tomorrow. thanks. a convicted school shooter in court laughs off his crime and mocks his fate. his shocking sentence. that's next.
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himself and plans to take others with him. rainbow revenge, a colorful slap at an anti-gay group that hits close to home. a life sentence for the ohio teen who shot and killed three students at his former high school last year. >> during the hearing, t.j. lane took off his button-down shirt to reveal a t-shirt with the word killer written on it, and that's not all. cnn's mary snow is working this story for us. mary, what happened here? >> brianna, this was such a disturbing scene. families of victims went to court seeking justice, but their pain was only made worse when they were subjected to the gunman making an obscene gesture and cursing at them. moments after entering the courtroom, ohio school shooter t.j. lane took off his shirt. underneath was a t-shirt with the word "killer" handwritten on it. similar to what he was wearing
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when police arrested him in february of 2012, after he opened fire in the shardon high school cafeteria in northeastern ohio. lane killed three students and injured three others. when given a chance to speak, the 18-year-old lane turned to the victims' families, made an obscene gesture with his finger and issued profanity. crying would be heard. lane smirked as a prosecutor called him an evil person. a mother of one of the teens who survived addressed lane directly. >> you're really lucky there are so many police in this room right now. you can smile all you want. >> reporter: the judge sentenced lane to life in prison without parole. he was not eligible for the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the shootings. after the sentencing, prosecutor james flas spoke out about what happened in court. >> i'm totally disgusted by that. but it has been our position all along that he knew what he was doing. he planned this out. and what he did today is
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consistent with what we thought of him all along. >> reporter: lane's sister, who was herself in the school cafeteria when her brother opened fire, offered sympathy for the victims' families. >> what i keep coming back to is that hate will only generate more hate, but forgiveness and compassion will bring peace and understanding. the man who did this is not the brother i knew. >> what remains unknown is the motive. the judge said lane was not insane or incompetent. it was noted at the sentencing today that lane told his attorney not to offer any reasons for a lighter sentence. brianna? >> unbelievable. mary snow, thank you for that. >> horrible story indeed. a school massacre at the university of central florida averted by the gunman's suicide. campus police have released dramatic and disturbing video of officers storming his dorm room, where they found his body and details of a chilling plan for a mass shooting.
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cnn's ed lavandera is there for us. you also have the 911 tapes. what's the latest? >> yes, police here on the campus of the university of central florida, wolf, releasing a great deal of information surrounding this case, and everything that they've gathered in the last 24 -- a little more than 24 hours now, since this incident took place in this dorm building that you see behind me. but it all started just after midnight on tuesday morning, when a roommate of this suspect heard the fire alarm. he came out of his room to see what was going on and he placed this phone call to 911. >> he just pulled a fire alarm and he's got a gun out. >> where are you at? >> i'm in the university of central florida in orlando. the fire alarm went off. i opened the door to see what was going on and he's there with, like, some sort of, like, a gun, like a large assault gun. i don't know if it's a real gun. i don't know what it is.
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but i just saw it. i slammed my door shut and locked it. >> now, police say they suspect that the gunman, the suspect in this case, james oliver, was actually trying to lure students out of their rooms there in the early morning hours with that fire alarm. but something changed his plan, apparently. and the police officers also released video of from a -- from the helmet of one of the police officers going inside the room. it shows them going inside the room where the suspect was. this could be disturbing this for many people, so we caution you as you're watching this. you can see the legs of the suspect at the foot of the bed. and when they walked into the room they found he had committed suicide. authorities also say what they found after that was very disturbing. a number of firearms, about 1,000 rounds of ammunition as well as a backpack with four em pro vized explosive devices. that he had a plan to carry out
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mass murder. but for some reason this all changed and he decided to kill himself. authorities say they have no information as to a motive or what might have been behind all of this. even his own parents released a statement today describing their own son as a loner, but someone who showed no history of violence. >> oh, my god. what a story. you said 1,000 rounds? is that what you said? >>. >> yeah, 1,000 rounds, and two firearms. a great deal of weaponry and an arsenal that had been amassed there. authorities say his roommates had no idea that he had done all of this. >> university of central florida in orlando. what a horrific, horrific story. ed lavandera, on the scene. it is the kind of plot that you might find in a spy novel. an older man who falls for a beautiful young woman who's after something, and it isn't love. that's what allegedly happened to this defense contractor and former army officer. he's charged with passing
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nuclear secrets to his chinese girlfriend. cnn's brian todd is here with this story. this is fascinating. >> it is, brianna. this also could be very damaging to u.s. national security. this man had access to some of america's most sensitive military secrets. he's accused of falling for what experts say is called a "honey trap." an army reservist who had top-secret clearance doing contract work for the pacific command in hawaii. benjamin bishop now stands accused of leaking military secrets, including information on nuclear weapons, war plans, early-warning radar systems. u.s. officials say he gave them to a chinese woman 32 years younger who he was having a relationship with. bishop is in custody. his attorney says this. >> he served his country honorably for 29 years. he maintains he would never do anything to intentionally harm the united states. >> reporter: is the woman a chinese spy? court documents identify her as person one, 27 years old, a
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chinese national. the documents say she met bishop at a defense conference and, quote, may have been at the conference in order to target individuals such as bishop to work with and have access to u.s. classified information regarding person one's purported interests. >> this is a honey trap case. >> reporter: eric o'neill says that's when a spy master sends an attractive person to lure a target with sex or blackmail to give up information. o'neill took down robert hansen who spied for the russians. on spies who use honey traps -- >> when they're in the compromising situations. >> they can use a couple of different things. if it's a prostitute, for example, pillow talk. pillow talk comes from this, from the honey trap. you get someone to talk after you're done and you're very relaxed and all the endorphins are flowing and happy things are going on in your brains and people's tongues loosen.
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>> one of the most famous cases was an exotic dancer who during world war i was accused of seducing diplomats into giving up their secrets. she was eventually executed by the french. a former cia officer who runs the international spy museum said it's not always female spies approaching male targets. >> a very active program of sending romeos as they were called into west germany. seeing who they could meet and develop a relationship with them if they had access to intelligence. >> a program that earnest says worked very well for the east germans. we tried to get the chinese embassy in washington to respond to the documents indicating the woman in benjamin bishop's case was likely a chinese spy. they have not responded to our calls and e-mails. wolf and brianna, this man knew apparently he was going to be in trouble. he altered travel documents, he
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altered the woman's name to make it seem masculine. he knew he was taking a huge risk. >> honey trap. >> yes. >> wow. brian todd, thank you very much for that. airline ceos in the hot seat on capitol hill. what will their plan mean to combine their companies mean to you? none of us would want to be told we can't marry the person we love. as americans, we believe in freedom. that's what i fought for as a marine, and that's what we believe in as republicans. freedom means freedom for everyone. i didn't use to understand the importance of same-sex marriage, but after learning my brother was gay i
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you probably noticed that you don't have many airlines to choose from when you fly anymore. soon you may have one less. >> in fact, before 9/11, there were at least seven major u.s. carriers. but mergers over the last decade have left just four. and now american and u.s. airways want to combine forces. rene marsh is here. what i'm especially interested
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in, what does this mean for the passengers? >> i was just going to get to that, because i know you two fly a lot. the big question is, what does it mean? a lot of the consumer advocates say this is bad news for the passengers. brianna, i know you travel, so what does it mean for frequent flier programs, for example. for two companies the program would become one. advocates that simply means a larger pool of fliers will be fending for fewer seats and upgrades. but the airlines say not true. higher fares, delayed and fewer flights to small and medium sized cities, devalued frequent flier miles. consumer advocates say it could all happen if the justice department okays the $11 billion merger of american airlines and u.s. airways. >> the whole truth, the truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: airline ceos under oath and on the record, lawmakers on capitol hill pressing them on how you'll be
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affected when you fly. >> we have to get answers for the people of this country. whether it's the american family looking for an affordable trip to disneyland or looking to visit their grandma in pittsburgh. >> reporter: both american and u.s. airways insists the merger will be good for consumers. >> it creates another global airline on par with delta and united. so it creates a competitive counterweight to those two big airlines. >> we will provide better service, more efficient service to consumers. also note that in the $1 billion of synergies that i noted, in our analysis there's not one fare increase in there. >> reporter: advocates say 20 years ago there were 11 major airlines. this merger would bring it to three. >> we're concerned as the major airlines become bigger and fewer, they increasingly will be regarded as too big to fail. >> reporter: while it could impact travel nationwide,
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lawmakers made sure any negative impact won't be felt at home. >> tell me about the impact of the proposed merger on services to my state of iowa. will you commit to maintaining service at the locations across new york state which are currently serviced by your two airlines? >> yes, sir. >> great. >> all right. so will this merger mean higher ticket prices or not? brianna just asked me that. the cnn money team got ahold of data dating back to 1978. the average price for a domestic flight actually went down over the years. it didn't go up, despite the mergers. so some would argue that a merger does not necessarily mean higher prices. however, there's consumer advocates, they're still skeptical. >> i'm skeptical. >> i would, too. that's not what i would expect. a u.s. marine shot in the head in iraq. he's reunited with the doctor who saved his life, cnn's dr. sanjay gupta. that's next.
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baumts exploding and smoke rising across iraq. at least 55 people are dead, and more than two dozen attacked today. mostly around baghdad. the violence comes exactly ten years to the day after the united states launched an invasion of iraq. early in the war, cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta reported from iraq. he was embedded with military doctors. >> he wound up saving one marine's life. sanjay caught up with him to find out how he's doing a decade later. >> reporter: with his jaw set, his eyes gleaming, jesus swells with pride. he is a marine ready for battle.
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he has no clue that a single bullet will soon dramatically change his life. >> you miss it. i do miss it. it strikes people as ironic given that you were shot in the head to say you miss being a marine. >> the best experiences of my life. >> you still keep the helmet? >> yeah. it's right here. that's the entry wound. you can tell how much bigger the opening is when it went through the helmet. it's been like ten years. almost ten years. >> yeah. >> next month it will be ten years. >> april 8th. >> yeah. >> on that day, in 2003, bombs and bullets rained down across baghdad. jesus' unit was on patrol when
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snipers began firing. one minute he was yelling orders. the next he fell silent. a single bullet had pierced his helmet. south of i was embedded with the surgical unit where he would be transported. less than an hour after being shot, he had already been declared dead twice. but by the time he got to us, he had a faint pulse. there were no neurosurgeons in the unit. i was asked to operate. i didn't hesitate. you're alive enthat's what people will always say. he survived when people have thought maybe he wouldn't. how are you doing? >> i don't know. i guess i could always -- always, you know, you can always wish things were better. >> reporter: since returning from iraq, he has struggled with side effects of his traumatic brain injury.
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seizures, fatigue, depression. >> i have felt like, you know, it would have been better had i not lived just because every day is a struggle with the depression. depression just comes. you know? unexpectedly. and with a fury. >> what does that mean? >> i just feel like i just need to get away from everything. i just want to crawl in to some cave and just -- just shut myself off from the world. >> reporter: that cave, that darkness is common among returning veterans. about 1 in 5 iraq and afghanistan war vets return with post traumatic stress disorder or major depression. and just last year, the army had a record number of suicide among its personnel. you know, one thing to you said to me in the past is that you wished that you hadn't survived. >> yeah. >> that was hard to hear. >> yeah. you still feel that way? >> no. i think at the time i was really
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depressed. and the world seemed really bleak. i'm fully aware that i struggle at times but i feel like that's not a reason to stop living. >> you see light at the end of the tunnel now? i mean, things are brighter for you? >> yeah. things are brighter. >> pepper? >> yeah. >> so bright that hints of the old jesus, the one from before the war sometimes emerge. >> would you go back in to a war zone? >> if i was in the marine corps i would. >> you were shot. >> yeah. >> all of the thing that is we talk about, the worst-case scenarios -- >> yeah. >> -- i mean, you experienced a lot of those. >> you would still go back? >> i think i would. >> and sanjay's joining us now. what an amazing piece. thank you for for preparing it. >> thank you. >> on the tenth anniversary of the war. the path crossed with jesus ten
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years ago. tell our viewers a little bit more detail what you did to save his life. >> well, it was -- it's obviously a day you never forget, wolf. what needed to be done at that point was pretty simple but tough to accomplish. he had a significant injury to his brain from that sniper's bullet and that was causing a big blood collection in and around the brain. problem was they didn't expect the type of injuries without getting too graphic, wolf, i had to take the black & decker drill used to put up the tents, take the bits, sterilize them and use it to remove part of the bone around the injury and then take out a blood collection that was causing a lot of pressure on his brain and was, you know, obviously nearly fatal for him. the other challenging part, wolf, you were in a dusty, desert tent. you remember this, it wasn't sterilize and took an iv bag,
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fileted it up. only sterile thing in the tent and used it to create the outer layers of the brain. i put a head wrap on him, a helicopter flew him off. i wasn't sure how he was going to do but as you saw, wolf, he is doing pretty well. >> you did a great job saving his life and reporting what was going on. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. >> i remember our time there well together, wolf. thank you. >> i'll never forget it either. sanjay gupta is amazing. great journalist, fabulous neurosurgeon. saved that marine's life. >> amazing experience for him. >> we'll take a quick break. stolen identities? >> 30-year-old american man, excellent credit rating. >> announcer: lifelock monitors thousands of these sites 24 hours a day. and if we discover any of our members' data for sale, lifelock is there with the most comprehensive identity theft protection available. [♪...] [squealing, crash]
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